Halbauer repeats at Dunlop Juniors

Ellie Halbauer won her second straight Dunlop Junior Championship on Sunday to earn a berth in the Family Circle Cup’s qualifying tournament.

Just wait until next year.

Ellie Halbauer fully expects to be going for a record third straight girls 18 title next year in the Family Circle Cup’s 15th annual junior clay-court championship.

“I’ll be back next year,” the 17-year-old former Charleston junior said on a cold Sunday afternoon at Family Circle Tennis Center after using her “true grit” style of play to frustrate Duke-bound third-seed Kaitlyn McCarthy for a second consecutive year in the final of the Dunlop Junior Championship, this time, 7-5, 5-7, 1-0 (10-6).

And once again, Halbauer will take her savvy and intelligent tennis game to the qualifying tournament for the WTA Tour’s Family Circle Cup as a result of a victory over McCarthy, a trim, hard-hitting 17-year-old blonde from Cary, N.C., who couldn’t keep enough of her brilliant groundstrokes on the court to outlast Halbauer.

“Every time I tried to hit with her, she won the point, so I tried to change it up,” said the 5-8 Halbauer, who demonstrated amazing racket control with high-twisting groundstrokes that bounced almost as high to her opponent’s forehand, and especially backhand as balls seemed to drop into corners from out of the sky.

“I try to run down every ball I can get to,” said Halbauer, who also hit her share of winners, especially brilliantly placed backhands crosscourt.

The top seed this time after being the fifth seed a year ago, Halbauer broke McCarthy in the eighth game of the second set and served for the match. But McCarthy found new life in her sizzling groundstrokes as Halbauer opened the door with several errors to allow McCarthy to win three straight games to win the second set and force a 10-point third-set match tiebreaker.

Halbauer quickly took charge of the tiebreaker for a 5-1 advantage. Four of the last five points Halbauer needed to wrap up the match in approximately two hours and 15 minutes came on McCarthy errors.

“I’ll do my best to win one this time (in the qualifying tournament),” said the currently Atlanta-based Halbauer, who ran into hard-hitting Victoria Duval in the first round of last year’s Family Circle Cup qualifying.

Halbauer warmed up for the early afternoon final by blitzing University of Mississippi-bound fourth seed Brooke Stevens, 6-0, 6-0, on Sunday morning while “just playing well.”

Dunlop Junior Championship

Matches played on

Sunday, Feb. 15

Boys’ 10 Singles RED (Final Round)

Gabe Avram (2) (Charlotte, NC) def. Mason Coon (1) (Cary, NC) 4 5; 4 1; 1 0

Boys’ 10 Singles RED (Playoff)

William Landry (Pinehurst, NC) def. Tip Price (Greenville) 4 1; 4 0

Boys’ 10 Singles WHITE (Final Round)

Lincoln Battle (1) (Raleigh, NC) def. Augie Ballantine (2) (Wilmington, NC) 4 1; 4 0

Boys’ 10 Singles WHITE (Playoff)

Brandon Mercado (Pawleys Island) def. Johnathan Baddour (4) (Chapel Hill, NC) 4 2; 4 0

Boys’ 12 Doubles (Final Round)

Nathanael Tiffany (Aiken) / Stanley Waters (Isle Of Palms) def. Davis Phillips (Bluffton) / COLIN TUTTLE (2) (Wilmington, NC) 9 8(4)

Boys’ 12 Singles green dot (Final Round)

Lukas Steffen (1) (Cary, NC) def. Sam Farnham (2) (Charlotte) 6 3; 6 4

Boys’ 12 Singles green dot (Playoff)

Carter Pate (Winston Salem, NC) def. Sawyer Severance (Daniel Island) 6 3; 6 2

Boys’ 12 Singles RED (Semifinal Round)

Brolin Dorsey (1) (Anderson) def. Lance Cochran (Charlotte, NC) 6 3; 6 2

Will Cubitt (2) (Spartanburg) def. Davis Phillips (3) (Bluffton) 6 4; 2 6; 10 4

Boys’ 12 Singles RED (Final Round)

Brolin Dorsey (1) (Anderson) def. Will Cubitt (2) (Spartanburg) 6 4; 7 6(4)); 10 7

Boys’ 12 Singles RED (Playoff)

Davis Phillips (3) (Bluffton) def. Lance Cochran (Charlotte) 4 6; 6 3; 11 9

Boys’ 12 Singles WHITE (Semifinal Round)

Stanley Waters (3) (Isle Of Palms) def. COLIN TUTTLE (1) (Wilmington, NC) 6 4; 6 2

Mitchell Deames (2) (Daniel Island) def. Nathanael Tiffany (4) (Aiken) 6 1; 6 4

Boys’ 12 Singles WHITE (Final Round)

Stanley Waters (3) (Isle Of Palms) def. Mitchell Deames (2) (Daniel Island) 6 1; 6 0

Boys’ 12 Singles WHITE (Playoff)

COLIN TUTTLE (1) (Wilmington, NC) def. Nathanael Tiffany (4) (Aiken) 6 1; 6 0

Boys’ 14 Doubles (Final Round)

Zachary Tapper (Durham, NC) / Zachary Theodossiou (Asheville, NC) def. Banks Evans (Clayton, NC) / Will Funston (4) (Atlanta) 9 7

Boys’ 14 Singles RED (Semifinal Round)

Reilly Wilson (Charleston) def. Aaron Sklizovic (Aiken) 6 4; 6 4

Banks Evans (Clayton, NC) def. Scott Tabor (4) (Little Rock, AR) 6 3; 6 3

Boys’ 14 Singles RED (Final Round)

Banks Evans (Clayton, NC) def. Reilly Wilson (Charleston) 7 6; 6 2

Boys’ 14 Singles RED (Playoff)

Scott Tabor (4) (Little Rock, AR) def. Aaron Sklizovic (Aiken) 4 6; 6 3; 1 0(6)

Boys’ 14 Singles WHITE (Semifinal Round)

Garrett Kozar (Zachary, LA) def. Sam Dean (Charlotte) 6 4; 7 6

Boys’ 14 Singles WHITE (Semifinal Round)

Cleeve Harper (Hilton Head Island) def. campbell wildrick (2) (Spartanburg) 6 1; 6 0

Boys’ 14 Singles WHITE (Final Round)

Cleeve Harper (Hilton Head Island) def. Garrett Kozar (Zachary, LA) 6 3; 6 1

Boys’ 14 Singles WHITE (Playoff)

campbell wildrick (2) (Spartanburg) def. Sam Dean (Charlotte, NC) 6 1; 6 2

Boys’ 16 Doubles (Final Round)

Thomas Jahn (Mount Pleasant) / Sam Kavarana (1) (Mount Pleasant) def. Chad Nash (Daniel Island) / Max Vicario (2) (Mooresville, NC) 8 6

Boys’ 16 Singles RED (Semifinal Round)

Chad Nash (1) (Daniel Island) def. Blair Nagel (3) (Atlanta) 6 4; 6 0

Thomas Jahn (2) (Mount Pleasant) def. Kevin Huang (4) (Chapel Hill, NC) 6 1; 2 6; 1 0(7)

Boys’ 16 Singles RED (Final Round)

Thomas Jahn (2) (Mount Pleasant) def. Chad Nash (1) (Daniel Island) 6 4; 6 1

Boys’ 16 Singles RED (Playoff)

Kevin Huang (4) (Chapel Hill, NC) def. Blair Nagel (3) (Atlanta) 6 4; 6 3

Boys’ 16 Singles WHITE (Semifinal Round)

Ryan Jurist (1) (Mooresville, NC) def. Simon Wilson (Anderson) 6 2; 6 2

Britton Bellamy (Myrtle Beach) def. Max Vicario (2) (Mooresville, NC) 6 1; 6 4

Boys’ 16 Singles WHITE (Final Round)

Ryan Jurist (1) (Mooresville, NC) def. Britton Bellamy (Myrtle Beach) 6 0; 6 0

Boys’ 16 Singles WHITE (Playoff)

Max Vicario (2) (Mooresville, NC) def. Simon Wilson (Anderson) 7 5; 6 3

Boys’ 18 Doubles (Final Round)

Spencer Brown (Spartanburg) / Jeffrey Dayton (1) (Murrells Inlet) def. Hardy Brown (Greensboro, NC) / Benjamin Wayand (Cary, NC) 8 6

Boys’ 18 Singles RED (Semifinal Round)

Mark Carnes (4) (Sumter) def. GARY CARTER (Knoxville, TN) 2 6; 6 4; 1 0(3)

Spencer Brown (3) (Spartanburg) def. Jensen Martin (Raleigh) 6 2; 6 3

Boys’ 18 Singles RED (Final Round)

Spencer Brown (3) (Spartanburg) def. Mark Carnes (4) (Sumter) 6 1; 6 1

Boys’ 18 Singles RED (Playoff)

GARY CARTER (Knoxville, TN) def. Jensen Martin (Raleigh) Wo (inj)

Boys’ 18 Singles WHITE (Semifinal Round)

Jeffrey Dayton (1) (Murrells Inlet) def. Benjamin Van Hout (Woodstock, GA) 7 6(3); 7 5

Hardy Brown (Greensboro, NC) def. Samuel Dromsky (Martinez, GA) 6 0; 6 1

Boys’ 18 Singles WHITE (Final Round)

Jeffrey Dayton (1) (Murrells Inlet) def. Hardy Brown (Greensboro, NC) 6 4; 6 2

Boys’ 18 Singles WHITE (Playoff)

Samuel Dromsky (Martinez, GA) def. Benjamin Van Hout (Woodstock, GA) 6 1; 6 0

Girls’ 10 Singles (Semifinal Round)

Peyton Philemon (1) (Wilmington, NC) def. Allie Bittner (4) (Greer) 2 4; 4 2; 1 0(2)

Grace Baker (3) (Charleston) def. Dylan Voeks (Sullivans Island) 4 2; 4 0

Girls’ 10 Singles (Final Round)

Peyton Philemon (1) (Wilmington, NC) def. Grace Baker (3) (Charleston) 4 0; 4 2

Girls’ 10 Singles (Playoff)

Dylan Voeks (Sullivans Island) def. Allie Bittner (4) (Greer) 4 1; 4 2

Girls’ 12 Doubles (Final Round)

Halle Futch (Charlotte, NC) / Emma Wilkins (1) (Charlotte) def. Natalie Bassett (Bluffton) / Shianna Guo (Mount Pleasant) 8 5

Girls’ 12 Singles green dot (Final Round)

Maggie Gehrig (Charlotte, NC) def. Brooke Wrigley (Bluffton) 6 4; 7 6

Girls’ 12 Singles green dot (Playoff)

Ashley Bentz (Loganville, GA) def. Francis Drake (1) (Thomasville, GA) 6 2; 6 0

Girls’ 12 Singles RED (Semifinal Round)

Shianna Guo (Mount Pleasant) def. Helen Alvis (Raleigh) 6 1; 6 2

Carri Hayes (2) (Mount Pleasant) def. Emma Wilkins (Charlotte) 6 1; 6 1

Girls’ 12 Singles RED (Final Round)

Carri Hayes (2) (Mount Pleasant) def. Shianna Guo (Mount Pleasant) 6 2; 7 6(4))

Girls’ 12 Singles RED (Playoff)

Helen Alvis (Raleigh) def. Emma Wilkins (Charlotte) 6 2; 2 6; 1 0(7)

Girls’ 12 Singles WHITE (Semifinal Round)

Halle Futch (1) (Charlotte) def. Brooke Bittner (Greer) 6 1; 6 2

Grace Krusling (Irmo) def. Saige Severance (Daniel Island) 7 5; 6 1

Girls’ 12 Singles WHITE (Final Round)

Halle Futch (1) (Charlotte) def. Grace Krusling (Irmo) 6 1; 6 2

Girls’ 12 Singles WHITE (Playoff)

Brooke Bittner (Greer) def. Saige Severance (Daniel Island) 6 3; 3 6; 10 3

Girls’ 14 Doubles (Final Round)

Lara Schneider (Mt. Pleasant) / Katie Weber (1) (Charlotte, NC) def. Ella Imhof (Waxhaw, NC) / Brianna Taranto (2) (Raleigh) 8 4

Girls’ 14 Singles RED (Semifinal Round)

Robin Alston (1) (Rock Hill) def. Emma Bentz (Loganville, GA) Wo (inj)

Brianna Taranto (Raleigh, NC) def. Katie Weber (2) (Charlotte) 6 3; 3 6; 1 0(7)

Girls’ 14 Singles RED (Final Round)

Robin Alston (1) (Rock Hill) def. Brianna Taranto (Raleigh) 6 0; 6 0

Girls’ 14 Singles RED (Playoff)

Katie Weber (2) (Charlotte) def. Emma Bentz (Loganville, GA) Wo (inj)

Girls’ 14 Singles WHITE (Semifinal Round)

Ella Imhof (1) (Waxhaw, NC) def. Katherine Lyman (4) (MT Pleasant) 6 1; 6 3

Lara Schneider (2) (Mt. Pleasant) def. Kayla Wilkins (Charlotte) 6 1; 6 2

Girls’ 14 Singles WHITE (Final Round)

Lara Schneider (2) (Mt. Pleasant) def. Ella Imhof (1) (Waxhaw, NC) 6 3; 3 6; 1 0(5)

Girls’ 14 Singles WHITE (Playoff)

Katherine Lyman (4) (MT Pleasant) def. Kayla Wilkins (Charlotte) 4 6; 6 3; 1 0(4)

Girls’ 16 Doubles (Final Round)

Maggie Cubitt (Spartanburg) / Elise Mills (2) (Prosperity) def. Kylie Duckworth (Martinez, GA) / Caroline Garrido (1) (Gastonia, NC) 9 8(6)

Girls’ 16 Singles RED (Semifinal Round)

Madison Dillon (3) (Hilton Head Island) def. Maggie Cubitt (1) (Spartanburg) 1 6; 6 4; 1 0(8)

Jenna Vroman (4) (Daniel Island) def. Maddie Weber (Charlotte, NC) 6 0; 6 1

Girls’ 16 Singles RED (Final Round)

Madison Dillon (3) (Hilton Head Island) def. Jenna Vroman (4) (Daniel Island) 6 0; 6 2

Girls’ 16 Singles RED (Playoff)

Maggie Cubitt (1) (Spartanburg) def. Maddie Weber (Charlotte) 6 3; 6 1

Girls’ 16 Singles WHITE (Semifinal Round)

Chloe Hamlin (1) (Blountville, TN) def. Katharine Sherman (Augusta, GA) 3 6; 7 5; 1 0(7)

Kylie Duckworth (2) (Martinez, GA) def. Elizabeth Truluck (3) (Myrtle Beach) 1 6; 7 5; 1 0(6)

Girls’ 16 Singles WHITE (Final Round)

Chloe Hamlin (1) (Blountville, TN) def. Kylie Duckworth (2) (Martinez, GA) 6 2; 6 2

Girls’ 16 Singles WHITE (Playoff)

Katharine Sherman (Augusta, GA) def. Elizabeth Truluck (3) (Myrtle Beach) 6 4; 7 5

Girls’ 18 Doubles (Final Round)

Emma Navarro (Charleston) / Peyton Pesavento (Advance, NC) def. Valerie Droop (Hilton Head Island) / Masako Makiba (Hilton Head Island) 8 3

Girls’ 18 Singles (Semifinal Round)

Ellie Halbauer (1) (Boca Raton, FL) def. Brooke Stevens (4) (Martinez, GA) 6 0; 6 0

Kaitlyn McCarthy (3) (Cary, NC) def. Anna Kalinskaya (2) (Aventura, FL) 6 3; 7 6(5)

Girls’ 18 Singles (Final Round)

Ellie Halbauer (1) (Boca Raton, FL) def. Kaitlyn McCarthy (3) (Cary, NC) 7 5; 5 7; 1 0(6)

Girls’ 18 Singles (Playoff)

Brooke Stevens (4) (Martinez, GA) def. Anna Kalinskaya (2) (Aventura, FL) Wo (inj)